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Cauliflower, Bacon, Macaroni And Cheese

Updated on July 29, 2013

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About Cauliflower Bacon Macaroni and Cheese

My kids go crazy for mac and cheese and cauliflower with cheese sauce. So one night I was trying to choose between them for a side dish, why not mix them together. It was a huge hit with my family, even my youngest who can be a picky eater loved it. I started adding bacon to it because my husband is a bacon nut, and enjoys his mac and cheese with crispy bacon in it. So to make everyone happy I added it to this recipe as well. This is not one of my old recipes handed down to me like most of my recipes are, this is one I invented this year. I hope you enjoy and have fun playing around with it.

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 50 min
Yields: Feeds 4-6 people

What You Need

  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into small florets
  • 5 thick slices bacon, chopped
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 lb of macaroni pasta
  • 1/4 c Butter
  • 1/4 c flour
  • 1 c sharp cheddar, shredded
  • 1 c Jack Cheese, shredded
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 c chicken stock
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Topping mix
  • 1 c Italian bread crumbs
  • 1/2 c jack cheese
  • 1/4 c Parmesan cheese

What To Do

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. In fry pan cook the bacon with garlic, and onion over medium heat, until bacon is crispy
  3. Put the cauliflower florets in a pot with boiling water and let simmer until the cauliflower is fork tender, and drain
  4. Put pasta in to a pot of boiling water salted, and cook until a bit less than al dente
  5. melt the butter in a heavy pot. Add the flour and using a whisk, mix the butter and flour together until smooth. let cook for 3 minutes. add the milk, mix well until it is smooth and thick. Add the cheeses, spices, salt, pepper and mustard. Mix until the sauce is smooth
  6. Add pasta, cauliflower and bacon to the sauce. Toss to coat.
  7. Prepare a 9×13″ glass pan, greasing it with butter. pour in mac and cheese mix and spread out until even
  8. mix together topping items and sprinkle onto of mac and cheese.
  9. Bake for 30 minutes at 350. Enjoy

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      Robert Loescher 3 years ago from Michigan

      Bacon, cauliflower and a ton of cheese. How can you go wrong?!? I am cooking a batch as we speak. LOL.

      Chef ManCave

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      Homemade baked is the best! Your addition of cauliflower is healthy and delicious. I agree...the kids would love this. Thanks for sharing!